4 Stars Out Of 5
NIV Study Bible, olive and brown "leather"
August 26, 2013
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I have several study Bibles (NASB Ryrie, 1984 NIV Life Application, Crossman ESV Study; looking for a NKJV) and wanted to also get one with Zondervan's study notes. I ordered the 1984 NIV, the translation for which the notes were originally written, and which I much prefer over the 2011 version of NIV. So far, the study notes seem good. They probably make up a third or more of the total text. The Scriptures are in average size (8 or 8+ pt.?) print, with the study notes in smaller type. There are also introductions to each book, some charts, timelines, etc., and extensive indices, but no articles on doctrine or other topics. My other study Bibles seem to have more supplementary study material in the back.
However, the only thing I'm actually disappointed in is the cover. I ordered the olive "European leather." While it's described as imitation leather, it seems more like bonded leather, which I don't like. It's thin, hard, and inflexible. I would have preferred the softer imitation leather over this. The color is light olive green trimmed in brown, which is OK. It's not worth the extra shipping to send it back, and it will work for comparative study. I would definitely want one of the more flexible bindings if this were to be my main Bible.
As far as the content, while not the ultimate, this is a good basic study Bible.